Refractory Concrete Removal 

Refractory Removal & Demolition

It’s a fact of life – what goes up must come down, and that includes structural concrete.

Refractory Removal Experts

The petrochemical industry regularly schedules turnaround in their plants and facilities which allows for a thorough inspection of vessels, pipes, equipment, etc. Plants with kilns, boilers, furnaces, hydrocrackers, and incinerators many times need to remove the refractory linings during turnaround. Repeated heat and fire over time wears away the refractory linings of these vessels.

Refractory Technology Is Safe & Efficient

Refractory demolition or removal can be done by high pressure water – hydrodemolition, by robotic breakers, or manually with handheld chipping hammers. The size of the vessel and environment can be a determining factor into which method is best. When possible hydrodemolition is the preferred method. It is faster than mechanical breaking, the mounting surface (anchors) of the refractory will not be damaged during the process, and the level of silica dust in the air is greatly reduced.

Refractories require anchor systems to hold the refractory material. Anchors include wire forms, formed metal, or ceramic tiles to hold the refractory linings. The anchor used for refractories on vertical walls and roofs are critical because they must be able to support the weight of the refractory at elevated temperatures and harsh operating conditions. When removing refractory it is crucial that these anchors are not damaged in the process.

ATI offers robotic hydrodemolition which also allows for a much safer operation during refractory removal. Our high safety rating and experience within the petrochemical industry make us a great choice when it comes to this service! And if hydrodemolition is not possible, ATI also has the equipment and capability to remove with robotic breakers.

Call us for to discuss your needs for turnaround and refractory removal – 1-877-SLABSAW.